Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block Four

Welcome to the fourth block reveal

for the Destination QAL!

This QAL is brought to you by Partners in Design: Where Friends and Fabric Meet.

Presenting: Turtle Beach

This 12.5″ (unfinished) block pattern was created by Jennifer Fulton of The Inquiring Quilter. You can download it free on Jennifer’s blog from now until November 16th, 2021 at 7:59 am Eastern time. After then, the patterns in this QAL may not be available anymore or may be available for a small fee through the designer.

Tips and Tricks to Constructing this Block

  1. Use protection! When fusing applique, always put a Teflon sheet underneath your project as well as over it. This will be especially helpful with this block as part of the turtle hangs off the block and will be cut away after fusing. Save yourself lots of work cleaning your iron or replacing your pressing table cover.
  2. Work in groups. Trace small pieces that will be used on the same fabric together. Fuse the piece to the fabric as a whole. When you are ready to stick them on the fabric, then cut them out as needed. You will save time having to hunt for those pieces.
  3. Neatness counts. I don’t backstitch or use the automatic knotter on my machine when starting or stopping each section of applique. I leave long tails of thread and then bring them to the back and double knot and use a needle to weave the end under the stitching. This secures the applique stitch nicely and makes a neat back even when no one will see it. It’s best to stop and knot and hide the ends after each section before stitching more. But I like to live dangerously. So I pay attention to the tails when I’m stitching so I don’t sew over them.

See These Hosts for More Construction Tips

Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats — Thanks for stopping by.

Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

Abbie @ Sparkle On!

Laura @Slice of Pi Quilts 

Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter

Join this QAL

You can join in anytime. Find the complete schedule here. Every Tuesday for the next four weeks, a new block will be released until all 12 blocks have been released. This QAL is divided into three segments each containing four blocks with a two week break between segments for a chance to catch up. 

When you finish a block, share it on our Facebook group or post a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #DestinationQAL. We enjoy seeing and commenting on each person’s finished blocks.

At the end of each segment, a prize package will be offered. Make all four blocks and follow the directions on the Segment wrap-up post to enter to win. We allow for creative changes and embellishments but each block must be made using the given patterns to be eligible. 

Segment 1: July 6, 2021 to August 10

Don’t Miss Out on My Previous Destination QAL Posts

Tu-Na Quilts: Announcing the Next Quilt-a-Long with Partners in Design —Introduction and a look at my fabric selection.

Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block One — Canyon Block

Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block Two — Camper Block

Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block Three — Fair Block

What I Learned Today:

  1. Take more pictures. I was excited to sew this block and didn’t take many pictures of the process.
  2. ND has large snapping turtles! We found one on our road yesterday. His shell was about 20″ long. If only I’d learned #1!

Question: Do you travel plans include spending time at a beach? I don’t think there’s any warm sand and water in my future. But one never knows.

14 thoughts on “Tu-Na Quilts: Destination QAL Block Four

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  4. Susan Nixon

    Oh, I do love your turtles with the mottled shells! Your tips are great ones, and I live dangerously, too. I liked the reminder about using the teflon top and bottom when pressing this one.


  5. Leslie D. Schmidt

    Great block, Karen. The water fabric is perfect. Your work is very neat. I like to see people take the time to make things all tidy. But I wouldn’t be able to avoid sewing over the long threads! Good for you. I won’t be going anywhere, much less to a beach. That is not someplace I care to visit. Not a beach person.


  6. Rochelle Summers

    I like your finished block and those tips/reminders are so great to have. It’s always wonderful to see nature up close. It must have been exciting to see the snapping turtle.


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